Two-Year Deal for Stepan 9/27/13
UNDATED - Derek Stepan (STEH'-pahn) has agreed to a two-year contract with the New York Rangers. The agreement comes just a week before the start of the regular season at Phoenix. The 23-year-old led the team with 44 points last season and was second to Rick Nash with 18 goals while playing all 48 games of the lockout-shortened campaign.
Also in the NHL, Sharks forward Raffi Torres (RAH'-fee TOHR'-ehz) has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He was injured in a collision with a player from Anaheim last Friday. The Sharks signed Torres to a three-year, $6 million contract in June.
Conn Smythe (smyth) Trophy-winning goaltender Tim Thomas is officially back in the league after signing a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers on Thursday. The 39-year-old Thomas took last season off, then decided he was ready to return to hockey. Thomas owns a career 2.48 goals-against average in a 378-game career that had been spent entirely with the Boston Bruins.